Spring rainfall has brought a great many grasshoppers to the area, making it feel almost like an invasion from these small leaping insects. While grasshoppers can be fun to watch hop around, they can do a significant amount of damage on local crops and vegetation. Grasshoppers can fly up to fifteen miles a day and will eat on all the grass and crops they come across. Grasshoppers eating up the grass are extremely problematic for ranchers who depend upon the grass to feed their livestock. And grasshoppers have the ability to wreak havoc on any crops that pop up on their travel route.
Grasshopper Life Cycle and Eggs
Grasshoppers normally travel in large numbers, which of course leaves a much larger trail of damage to the crops and other vegetation the swarm will come into contact with. A female grasshopper will lay anywhere from twenty to one hundred and twenty eggs in an egg mass, and will produce between eight and twenty five masses. The grasshopper’s eggs usually hatch between late April and early May. The only thing that can really prevent these eggs from hatching is a drought, so heavy rainfall will only assist the grasshoppers in thriving and surviving.
What do Grasshoppers Eat?
Heavy rain is great for ranchers and farmers; it’s also great for grasshoppers, providing a vast amount of vegetation to feed on. Although grasshoppers prefer to eat ornamental grasses, herbs and vegetables, once they destroy a plant, they will devour any other type of plant they can find. Plants have no self-defense against grasshoppers, so it is important to act quickly once you notice leaf damage on your crop or plant that has been caused by grasshoppers. It is estimated that grasshoppers consume up to twenty five percent of the available forage in the United States annually. If a grasshopper infestation is severe, it may desolate entire fields.
How to Eradicate Grasshoppers
Grasshoppers are extremely mobile, flying from one crop to the next, devouring as much as they can stomach. Because grasshoppers are so mobile, they are difficult to control, so the best way to control grasshoppers is to prevent the growth of populations. Tilling your ground in the mid to late summer will eliminate areas where females can potentially lay their eggs. Tilling the ground in late fall will destroy any eggs that were successfully laid. Contacting a professional pest control service will also assist you in eliminating your grasshopper problem. Biotech Pest Control will provide you with excellent service and successful results in your fight against the grasshopper scourge. Contact us today!